TIP: Before you add your story, you might like to read some of the stories that other people have added.

  1. Click ‘Add your story’
  2. Add your own photographs or choose one from this website. You can add up to 10 images that relate to your experience. They might show the ship you arrived on, the place you settled, the emotions you felt and so on.
    • Add a photograph from the collection: use a keyword search and year range to find photographs from this website that match your story
    • Upload your own image: add photographs of your, or your family’s, migration experience. You can crop your image if you want to highlight part of it.
    • Add a photograph from your favourites: see any photographs you have added photographs to ‘My Favourites’ on this website, and choose some to upload.

      TIP: you don’t have to choose photographs from all of these options. You can only add a photograph from the website, or only upload your own, or you can do both.
  3. Type a caption to explain for your photographs.
  4. Choose the year that matches your story – for example when you left your country of origin, arrived in Australia, moved into your permanent home or started your first Australian job.
  5. Choose the country where your story begins – the country where you or your family are from.
  6. Stories are organised into themes to help readers find what interests them. Choose the theme that best suits your story.


People have moved from their home countries for centuries, for reasons such as work, to be close to family or fleeing war, political persecution or natural disaster.

The journey

Early post-war migrants faced a long journey by ship. Since the 1960s air travel has significantly eased the journey.

First impressions

On arriving in Australia migrants intensely experience differences in the landscape, sounds, smells, climate and people in their new home country.


Settling into a new home, school, job or community is complex. Some found it easier with assistance from hostels, community groups or government programs.

Work & play

Migrants have played an important part in many industries and professions in Australia. Shared community activities from cultural events to sport offer new opportunities.


Migrants may face numerous challenges, including language barriers, racism, difficulty finding work, homesickness, or the effects of war or natural disaster in their home country.

Return visits

While some migrants make return visits to their home country, others are unable to for different reasons including the cost, war or political persecution.


Migrants have both positive and negative experiences of migration. The lives they have established in Australia are diverse and complex.

  1. Add the places that relate to your story, for example your home town, ports on your voyage out, the airport you flew into, a hostel where you stayed, or the city where you settled.
  2. Enter other ‘Tags’ or keywords that describe your story, for example your profession, your emotions or the name of the ship you arrived on.
  3. Type, or copy and paste, links to any websites that relate to your story, for example a newspaper article about you.
  4. Write a title for your story, in 136 characters or less
  5. Tell us about your migration experience. There is a 300 word limit for each story. If you want to write more, you can add extra stories – like chapters of a book. Each story will show a link to others you have written.
  6. If you are happy with your story, click ‘Publish your story’, and it will be published immediately on this website.
  7. Click ‘Save and preview’ to check how your story will look when it’s published and make any changes you want to.
  8. Your story will be saved in ‘My profile’ after you have clicked ‘Save and preview’. You can log out and come back later to finish it.